WHAT I’VE LEARNED ABOUT LOVE
After wrapping his big summer tour and releasing a new CD—his 13th—Lucky Old Sun, Kenny Chesney talks music, love and pecs.
WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING SINCE YOUR TOUR?
Just going to a few football games and getting reacquainted with my family and friends. I may write a few songs. I may go on a date—God forbid.
DOES YOUR LATEST CD SHOW A NEW SIDE OF YOU?
I’ve probably grown up a little bit. I’m a little stronger. It’s no surprise my breakup with Renée Zellweger was not a fun thing. There are songs that were written during that time that were going to come out sooner or later. But it is scary to be that honest with the audience and let them see that part of you.
ARE YOU APPROACHING RELATIONSHIPS DIFFERENTLY?
I’ve learned to take them very cautiously. But I also can’t be a prisoner of my own success.
ANY OTHER DOWNSIDES TO FAME?
People making things up about me. Probably the stupidest thing was the rumor that I had chest implants.
LET’S SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT: YOU DO NOT HAVE CHEST IMPLANTS. YOU WORKED HARD FOR THOSE PECS.
PAISLEYS PREP FOR NO. 2
Do they make a bulldozer built for three? Brad Paisley and wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley announced they’re having a second child in April—and that means 20-month-old son Huck might need to share his favorite seat next to Dad on Paisley’s Caterpillar dozer. Kimberly says she’s “more relaxed about the pregnancy the second time around,” and doesn’t think Huck will mind. “He’s going to be a great big brother,” she says. Good, because it sounds like there are even more siblings on the way. Brad, who called parenthood “the greatest thing you’ll ever do,” has said they’d like to have more than two kids.
On CMT’s Can You Duet, contestants Kate and Kacey Coppola faced harsh criticism from judge Naomi Judd. The twins’ payback? Their single “You’re Not My Judge,” which includes lyrics like “And for 32 days I kept my mouth shut / Now I got something to say.” The song “is about not allowing people to tell you something’s not possible,” says Kate. Judd’s reaction? “I wish the Coppola twins well.”
His crossover album Learn to Live topped the charts and made him the first black country artist in 25 years to nab a No. 1 single. Darius Rucker, 42, talks about his historic leap.
HIS COUNTRY MENTOR
“Radney Foster was a guy who always believed in me. He would give me advice. He’d say, ‘You are country music.’ He’s my absolute idol.”
HOW HE CELEBRATED HITTING NO. 1
“I had a shot of Jim Beam and we said ‘Congratulations,’ and went out and played a show.”
WHAT HIS BAND HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH THINKS OF HIS SOLO CAREER
“We’ve listened to country music forever. It was even brought up in meetings to be a country band, but they didn’t want that. They were a rock-and-roll band.”
In honor of the Country Music Association’s 50th birthday, a look back at memorable star style
LORETTA LYNN, DOLLY PARTON AND TAMMY WYNETTE donned silver and white to perform “Silver Threads and Golden Needles.”
THE CMA AWARDS, NOV. 12 ABC
SHANIA TWAIN performed her hit “Come On Over” dressed in a head-to-toe pink number custom-designed by Marc Bouwer.
REBA McENTIRE sang “For My Broken Heart” in a dress that was a little bit ball-gown and a little bit bullfighter.
BILLY RAY CYRUS kept it casual accepting an award for “Achy Breaky Heart.”
The Entertainer of the Year wore a white tie and tails to pick up four trophies.
IF I WERE PRESIDENT…
Stars talk politics for Lifetime’s Every Woman Counts campaign
“I’d make George Strait Vice President.”
“Ellen DeGeneres would be my Vice President, and the Capitol would have to be in Nashville. And there would be more country music on the radio—like five times as many country stations.”
“I’d try really hard not to mess it up.”
“Every day would be casual Friday.”
For Sale: JAY DEMARCUS’S NASHVILLE MANSION
COOL AND CLASSIC
The five-bedroom, seven-bathroom, 8,525-sq.-ft. home, which the Rascal Flatts bassist shared with wife Allison, sits on 5½ acres and boasts its own recording studio, according to real estate agent Steve Fridrich of Fridrich & Clark Realty.
Feed a crowd with the room’s three ovens, two dishwashers and a “latte center.”
Herringbone hardwood floors and a dramatic staircase make a stately first impression.
THE DINING ROOM
Sophisticated touches include a trey ceiling and a chandelier.
THE MASTER BEDROOM
Bonuses here include a limestone fireplace and his-and-hers closets.
Hot Guy of the Month
The singer, 35, has snagged a No. 1 hit, “Just Got Started Lovin’ You,” and a CMA nomination for New Artist of the Year.
HIS SONGWRITING PHILOSOPHY
“I just write what’s in my heart—it’s legitimate and honest.”
“Seventy percent of my fans are women,” says Otto. “But where women go, men follow, so I get a chance to win men over too.”
WHAT HIS WIFE, AMY, THINKS OF THE ATTENTION HE GETS
“She knows she’s the only woman for me,” he says. “I try to make her feel special, and the money doesn’t hurt either.”
Five Reasons Why Nashville Beats Hollywood
1 THE PEOPLE
“The feeling of Southern hospitality everywhere you go. I know I’ll never meet a stranger in Nashville.”
2 THE STORES
“Shopping at amazing boutiques like H. Audrey.”
3 THE TALENT
“The creative energy in the studios is electric. It’s inspiring to know someone is probably writing a hit record right next door.”
4 THE FOOD
“The best restaurants ever! Radius 10, the Pancake Pantry and Mafioza’s are some of my faves to visit on my cheat day.”
5 THE PRIVACY
“There are no paparazzi in Nashville.”